6th Round at Mtel Masters

6th Round at Mtel Masters

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Ivanchuk finally held - Topalov narrows lead

The inevitable finally happened in Sofia as Vassily Ivanchuk's hot streak of 5 consecutive victories came to an end as he was held to a draw by Teimour Radjabov. 

This allowed Veselin Topalov (pictured), who is also having a great tournament, to close the gap to the lead to 1 point by beating Lev Aronian for the second time in this event.  The other game in the 6th round was also decisive as Ivan Cheparinov beat the fading Bu Xiangzhi.

The seventh round will see the crunch re-match as Ivanchuk takes on Topalov again.  Topalov will need to avenge his loss in the first half of the event to have a realistic chance of winning the tournament.

The results in round 6:

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 41 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon 1-0 70 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Bu Xiangzhi - Cheparinov, Ivan 0-1 44 D45 Anti-Meran Variations


The standings after round 6:

Name           IRtg  
1V. Ivanchuk2740UKR* *111 ½115,550,013,75
2V. Topalov2767BUL0* *1½1 114,540,08,25
3I. Cheparinov2695BUL00* *½½1 13,020,04,00
4T. Radjabov2751AZE0 ½½½* *½½2,500,07,75
5L. Aronian2763ARM00 0½½* *½1,500,03,25
6X. Bu2708CHN000 0½½* *1,000,02,00





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